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Iran rejects US claim it continues to sponsor global terror

Foreign Ministry says Islamic Republic has been a ‘great victim of terrorism’ for decades

Hezbollah members mourn during the funeral of a comrade who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in the Qalamun region, on May 26, 2015, in the southern Lebanese village of Ghaziyeh. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
Hezbollah members mourn during the funeral of a comrade who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in the Qalamun region, on May 26, 2015, in the southern Lebanese village of Ghaziyeh. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)

Iran rejected Saturday US claims that it was a sponsor of global terror attacks, saying instead it is a victim of terrorism.

On Friday, the US State Department said the Islamic Republic “continued to sponsor global terror” attacks last year and supplied arms to the Syrian regime even though it was engaged in talks to rein in its nuclear program.

But Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said those accusations were “worthless.”

“For three decades, Iran has been the great victim of terrorism and considers international cooperation to combat terrorism a priority,” she said, without elaborating.

US counterterrorism envoy Tina Kaidanow, unveiling the 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism, said “Iran continued to sponsor terrorist groups around the world,” adding that Washington remained very concerned by the activities of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard “and its proxies.”

And she stressed that “we have sanctions in place against Iran specifically related to the terrorism issue. That’s not going to change.”

“While its main effort focused on supporting goals in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, Iran and its proxies also continued subtle efforts at growing influence elsewhere including in Africa, Asia, and, to a lesser extent, Latin America,” the report warned.

The report detailed Iranian support for Hezbollah and its role in propping up the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as well as its restated willingness to re-arm the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas following last summer’s war in the Gaza Strip.

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